Category Archive for: ‘Methadone’

Methadone Deaths Jump Sharply in Recent Years

October 1, 2009www.msnbc.comAndy Miller The potential danger was underscored in a new federal report that said the number of deaths involving methadone jumped nearly sevenfold from 1999 to 2006. The rise in methadone-related fatalities was faster than increases in deaths from other opioid analgesics — drugs usually prescribed to relieve pain such as OxyContin and fentanyl — and from other …

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New Study Blames Prescription Drugs for Bulk of Fatal Overdoses

By Jessica CalefatiDecember 10, 2008USNews.com Research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association confirms the growing threat posed by abuse of prescription opiates and calls on clinicians to help prevent future cases of addiction and overdose. The study, authored by Aron Hall, finds that a majority of drug overdose deaths in West Virginia in 2006 are linked …

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Methadone Rises as a Painkiller With Big Risks

By ERIK ECKHOLM and OLGA PIERCEThe New York Times, August 16, 2008 … Methadone, once used mainly in addiction treatment centers to replace heroin, is today being given out by family doctors, osteopaths and nurse practitioners for throbbing backs, joint injuries and a host of other severe pains. A synthetic form of opium, it is cheap and long lasting, a …

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Methadone Overdoses Rise

Doctors prescribe drug to curb pain By S. Maurreen Skowran – McClatchy Newspapers RALEIGH, N.C. –Methadone, long prescribed as an alternative to heroin, is proving to be a hazard of its own. As a treatment for addiction, methadone is considered an effective tool. But as its use as a low-cost pain reliever becomes more widespread, a growing number of people …

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